Monday, March 14, 2011

Expect the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid in Early Spring.

Ever been sitting in the waiting room of a doctor's office for a REALLY long time? Only to find that when your doctor gets to you they take a considerable amount of time caring for you, laughing with you and then giving your kid a lollipop (dentists beware)? I have. I constantly have to remind myself that either a) there's a huge problem with the person in there, thank the LORD it wasn't me or b) he will probably spend that much time caring for me. lunch break smunch break, doctors visits are important.
And so is your [hybrid] car. Don't you want it to be perfect? Instead of being recalled later? yes, and yes. And I'm sure I don't stand alone.

While you and I are wildly awaiting the release of the new Hyundai Sonata Hybrid (well probably you more than me, because I don't have a garage to plug mine into yet) we also desire perfection not lame-o imperfections plastered all over our car. Also consider that this is the first time Hyundai has ever made a Hybrid so they probably have some perfecting to do. Understandable, Rome wasn't built in a day, etc.

According to, "The delay comes after Hyundai decided late last year to change the car’s “virtual engine sound system.” The system mimics the sound of an idling gasoline engine to alert nearby pedestrians of the car’s presence when driving at low speeds. Concerns about the safety of pedestrians being unable to hear hybrids, which are nearly silent when moving at low speeds, prompted U.S. lawmakers to pass a law in January requiring automakers to install sound-emitting devices. Under the law signed by President Obama on Jan. 4, all hybrids will be required to have such devices in a few years." Hyundai had planned to have a button on the dashboard where you could turn off this noise (so thoughtful) but after hearing that NHTSA would require it in a few years, they decided to do away with the button and adhere to the government standards (how politically correct and obedient).

Well, that makes sense.


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